Lake Study

Lake Study, 8x10"

A few weeks ago it occurred to me that I have gotten off track with my daily painting and need to get back to doing little studies.

I mean, it's not like I'm not painting and creating. It's just that I'm been busy with building the studio, traveling, creating online courses, and designing larger works of art. But I miss just doing small, quick little paintings and have lost the confidence to paint en plein air. With summer just days away, I want to be able to set up my easel wherever and whenever the mood strikes and paint away.

I realized years ago that building confidence in painting requires small steps as you build up to the bigger events. It's like exercising to stay in shape. That's part of why I enjoy painting small studies. They seem more doable somehow. Less time, less paper, and less commitment.

I also like to challenge myself with a time commitment. If I can get a small piece to look good in just an hour of my time, maybe I can go a bit larger next time and make that one look just as good.

And of course, the best exercise is to just paint.

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